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David Beinke sits behind an impressive drum kit during a 2018 Christmas party.

David Beinke

Community Development, Education, Employment, and Disability Specialist



David Beinke stands as a beacon of hope and a guiding force for families navigating the intricate landscape of special needs education and community support within Texas and beyond. He champions the cause from his unique vantage point in his “Hotel Prius”, providing tailored assistance every step of the way.


Education and Service
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, which serves as the foundation of his profound understanding of the educational landscape. His moniker, "specialedmarine," aptly reflects his dual commitment to education and service, having served with distinction as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.


Professional Journey
Embarking on his career at Denton State School, David devoted two decades to the former Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Community Center system. Throughout this tenure, he wore multiple hats, ranging from supervisor to case management service provider. This experience is enriched further by his personal connection to the cause – being a parent of a child with a disability.


Advocacy and Support
David's expertise encompasses a comprehensive understanding of entitlements and benefits such as TWC, LIDDA's, SSA, and the Medicaid Waiver Program. His advocacy has led him to be an esteemed member of COPAA, where he not only co-chairs the COPAA Advocate Committ
ee but has also been a pivotal member of its Board of Directors. David frequently quips, "Under IDEA, a parent should never be caught between a Round Rock and an ARD place," showcasing his ability to meld wit with wisdom.


Beyond Advocacy
When not immersed in advocacy, David's rhythmic prowess is evident on the stages of  Texas, where he graces musical venues as a skilled drummer. His versatile skill set also extends to hiking trails and the chessboard, reflecting a man of many passions.

David is committed to empowering families and communities with the knowledge and support they need.

His areas of specialization include:

1) IDEA Procedural Safeguards which include due process hearings, complaints to TEA, mediation, and resolution sessions​

2) OCR complaints and processes that address discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and Title IX

3) Educator Misconduct 

4) Parent Rights under the Texas Education Code Chapter 26

5) District Level 1-2-3 Parent / Student Compliance / Grievance Process 

6) FERPA Complaint

7) PPRA Complaint 

8) DAEP/ JJAEP Hearings (Change of placement/discipline hearings

9) MDR - Manifestation Determination Reviews under 504 /IDEA

10) ARD (Admission/Review/Dismissal), IEP, and 504 Process 

     Discipline Guide for Students with Disabilities

David Beinke hiking a trail
David Beinke holding a cymbal and drumsticks
A young David Beinke with USMC General Cushman
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